DESPERATION DIVE: Guyana opening batsman Trevon Griffith dives to avoid being run out by Trinidad and Tobago's Lendl Simmons, right foreground, while T&T pacer Shannon Gabriel, left, looks on during Saturday night's Caribbean T20 match at Queen's Park Oval. T&T won by 80 runs. See Pages 54, 55, 56 and 71. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

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T&T WIN BIG

Hosts thump Guyana by 80 runs to stay unbeaten

By Roger Seepersad

Trinidad and Tobago's third straight win in the 2013 edition of the Caribbean T20 tournament, an 80-run trouncing of Guyana, is exactly the type of display coach David Williams wanted from the defending champions.

The home team impressed with bat, ball and in the field in a dominating show of force to brush aside 2010 winners Guyana at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday night.

"Again we played another tremendous game and that is now three (wins) in a row, and that is some sort of consistency and we just want to continue that," the coach said after the contest played in front tens of thousands of fans.

"The batters really took Guyana out of the game," Williams said as T&T were sent in to bat and piled up 191 for four off their 20 overs.

They then restricted Guyana to 111 for six to complete a memorable win.

After a slow start following the dismissals of Lendl Simmons (three) and William Perkins (eight), inside the first five overs, Darren Bravo and his elder brother Dwayne took the attack to the Guyanese bowlers, putting on 48 runs off the next 33 balls with the crowd cheering every run.

Darren, who was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 82 off 51 balls, continued his form from the previous game, smashing spinner Steven Jacobs over long on for his first of four sixes in the innings.

But the best of the left-hander was yet to come.

He showed his skill with a huge six off Royston Crandon, which disappeared out of the ground.

Even as Dwayne departed after he lofted Narsingh Deonarine to Steven Jacobs at long on with the score on 71 for three in the 11th over, the T&T scoring rate continued to climb.

No bowler was safe from the younger Bravo as he hammered the Guyanese skipper Veerasammy Permaul over the ropes at long on to bring up his second half century of the tournament, following up on the 65 not out he scored against the Leeward Islands earlier in the week.

Skipper Denesh Ramdin came in and thumped one six and in his 20-ball-15, sharing a 53-run partnership with Darren, which came off just 30 balls.

But when Ramdin made way for Kieron Pollard in the 16th over with the score was 127 for four, the carnage began. T&T went into overdrive with the final 27 balls of the innings going for 64 runs as Pollard slogged five sixes and one four in a 17-ball 44.

Three of Pollard's sixes came in the final three balls of the innings off Jacobs.

The first disappeared over wide long on; the second was flicked over mid-wicket and the third six went back over the bowler's head.

The momentum was firmly with the hosts, as they stifled most the Guyanese batsmen, except for Shivnarine Chanderpaul who stood firm, scoring a defiant 53 off 50 balls with eight fours to keep the his team in the fight.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel made the early breakthrough for T&T, with Trevon Griffith lofting one to mid off where Williams Perkins took a fantastic catch running backwards.

The other pacer in the T&T side, Rayad Emrit also had success, sending back Derwin Christian, caught and bowled for nine in the eighth over and then taking the big wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan, bowled for two in the tenth over with the score on 53.

Three more Guyanese wickets fell in five balls between the 15th and 16th overs, and that was the end of the Guyana chase.

After a couple failed attempts to get the ball away during the 15th over bowled by Sunil Narine, Chanderpaul tried to go over the top, but instead sent an easy catch to Kevon Cooper.

Cooper accounted for Christopher Barnwell in the next over, before the run out Deonarine in the same over signaled the end.

T&T left for St Lucia early yesterday morning, just hours after the win and will have a training session today ahead of their final two round robin matches against the Windward Islands tomorrow and Barbados on Wednesday at Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet from 8 p.m. each night.

CT20 SCOREBOARD T&T vs Guyana T&T Innings L Simmons c wk Christian b Barnwell 3 W Perkins b Crandon 8 DM Bravo not out 82 DJ Bravo c Jacobs b Deonarine 19 D Ramdin c Deonarine b Barnwell 20 K Pollard not out 44 Extras (lb 4, w 10, nb 1) 15 TOTAL (for 4 wkts; 20 overs) 191 Did not bat: Cooper, Emrit, Narine, Badree, Gabriel Fall of wickets: 11 (Simmons), 28 (Perkins), 74 (DJ Bravo), 127 (Ramdin) Bowling: Barnwell 4-0-29-2 (1nb, 4w); Jacobs 4-0-40-0; Crandon 2-0-19-1; Permaul 2-0-25-o (1w); Deonarine 4-0-41-1 (3w); Bishoo 4-0-33-0 (2w) Guyana Innings T Griffith c Perkins b Gabriel 1 S Chanderpaul c Cooper b Narine 53 D Christian c&b Emrit 9 R Sarwan b Emrit 2 N Deonarine run out 14 C Barnwell c wk Ramdin b Cooper 1 R Crandon not out 10 J Foo not out 10 Extras (lb 6, w 5) 11 TOTAL (for 6 wkts; 20 overs) 111 Did not bat: Jacobs, Permaul, Bishoo Fall of wickets: 7 (Griffith), 43 (Christian), 53 (Sarwan), 87 (Chanderpaul), 88 (Barnwell), 88 (Deonarine), Bowling: Gabriel 3-0-17-1 (3w); Narine 4-0-12-1; Emrit 4-0-18-2 (1w); Badree 2-0-18-0; DJ Bravo 4-0-28-0 (1w); Cooper 3-1-12-1 Toss: Won by Guyana, who elected to field Result: T&T won by 80 runs Points: T&T 4, Guyana 0 Player of the Match: Darren Bravo (T&T) Umpires: G Brathwaite and L Reifer TV umpire: N Duguid Match referee: H Bruce Reserve umpire: V Smith

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